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Labour Law in an Era of GlobalizationTransformative Practices and Possibilities$
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Joanne Conaghan, Richard Michael Fischl, and Karl Klare

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.001.0001

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A Closer Look at the Emerging Employment Law of Silicon Valley’s High-Velocity Labour Market

A Closer Look at the Emerging Employment Law of Silicon Valley’s High-Velocity Labour Market

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(p.232) (p.233) 12 A Closer Look at the Emerging Employment Law of Silicon Valley’s High-Velocity Labour Market
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Labour Law in an Era of Globalization
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Alan Hyde

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.003.0013

This chapter visits the world of professional work in the Silicon Valley as a model for the ‘high-velocity labour markets’ of the future, and in which post-war assumptions of long-term job attachment and guarantees of ‘career’ employment have little purchase. It asks whether these novel employment arrangements have any positive potential and explores strategies to protect employees who find themselves in such labour markets. It considers the implications of a labour market with rapid employee turnover and consequent re-employment by other firms, for the meaning of equal employment opportunities, and the operation of post-employment restrictions governing trade secrets or covenants not to compete.

Keywords:   computer market, job attachment, career employment, high-technology sector, employee turnover

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